Born & Raised On Oahu

Born in Hawaii

I was born on Oahu in 1955, of Hawaiian-Chinese ancestry, an only child to Helen and Charles Fong. My Hawaiian grandpa named me from a prophesy dream – Mele Nani – meaning beautiful song in Hawaiian. I grew up playing piano, ukulele, and guitar, singing, and hula dancing. All our family parties involved making music. My cousins taught me to surf at the neighboring beach at Diamond Head.

(Photo taken with Dad at Ulu Mau Village, Oahu, 1955.)

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Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.